Dayton update

I made it to the Dayton Hamvention and back last weekend. The highlight for me was the contest forum on Saturday morning. I just stumbled into it, but had a great time and learned some things. I seemed more at homewith the contesters than most of the groups I was involved with at Dayton. Most contesters are CW ops, that’s part of it.

My big Dayton purchase was a Stationmaster controller from Microham. It’s purpose is to interface between the K3 and the PW-1 amp. I got it up and running, but it’s been buggy so far, and seems to go into error mode every now and then. I’ll keep messing with it, but so far I’m regretting my purchase. It added a lot of complextity to the station, just so I wouldn’t have to push a button on the amp and the SteppIR vertical controller when I changed bands. I saw that at good insurance for the amp, but so far, I’m not sold. More on that later.